Professional Doctorate in Art and Design (Professional Doctorate) DProf

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    The major challenges confronting society are complex and interdisciplinary, and current solutions to today’s and tomorrow’s intractable problems are not working. This complexity requires a different type of professional; one who is equipped to work in a very different and collaborative way to find new solutions.

    Our Professional Doctorate programme will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to fulfil this role.

    We are bringing together academic experts from across the University to provide you with interdisciplinary learning, teaching and research, thereby enabling you to transcend boundaries and lead applied research that will help you transform lives and tackle complex challenges in unique ways.

    You apply for a specific award, but you will be part of the overall community of Professional Doctorate students across the University You will participate in shared modules, but will benefit from supervisors who are experts in your chosen discipline area.

    You will be encouraged to:

    • demonstrate critical insight into personal and professional identities
    • engage critically with a range of research paradigms, theories and methodologies
    • evaluate in-depth theory relating to leadership and change, applying this to different professional and interdisciplinary contexts
    • utilise in-depth knowledge and skills in your discipline, to offer evidence-based solutions that are relevant and transferable across different contexts
    • deploy design-led approaches to develop innovative solutions to complex professional challenges
    • engage critically with a broad range of digital technologies, demonstrating knowledge and skills around access and utility
    • apply advanced research knowledge and skills to influence policy, strategy, and leadership
    • demonstrate confidence and expertise, in working with teams, to effectively evaluate and manage complex situations


    Teaching will be delivered by blended learning, you will attend face-to-face sessions on campus twice per year (January and June), for five days on each occasion. For the remainder of the time, you will engage in online teaching and learning, and self-directed study.

    There will be emphasis on active learning, using participatory approaches, such as interactive workshops, seminars, group work, one-to-one supervision (in the thesis stage), and web conferences.

    The Professional Doctorates have been designed to enhance your professional development and enable you to progress as ‘researching professionals’ within your own setting. To achieve this, we deploy teaching and learning activities that include group work to tackle issues in interdisciplinary ways, using this as a vehicle for deeper learning and understanding.


    Each module assessment includes subject-specific components to evaluate your knowledge and understanding of the module topics. This is achieved through:

    • written coursework
    • continuous assessment
    • blog entries
    • oral presentations
    • peer / self-review
    • group projects

    You are also expected to develop core programme skills throughout your studies and some of these, including digital literacy, critical thinking, and writing, are tested across the modules. Others, such as applying the principles of design-thinking and honing your dissemination and implementation skills, are linked to specific modules.

    The thesis is the culmination of the Professional Doctorate programme and tests your intellectual skills, creativity, problem-solving, and ability to manage a complex and challenging piece of work.

    In all written assessment work, you are expected to use a wide range of evidence to support your work.

    Module list

    Core Modules

    These modules are an essential part of your course


    A Professional Doctorate will enhance your professional development and enable you to progress as a ‘researching professional’ within your own setting and beyond.

    To achieve this, principles of professional learning are integrated throughout the learning and teaching, including:

    • a strong emphasis on reflective practice throughout the programme.
    • opportunities to situate learning within contexts that are familiar to you and actively facilitating you to explore interdisciplinary practice in a broader range of disciplines and contexts.
    • an option for workplace ‘consultancy’ experience that combines research skills with practice-based interventions.
    • teaching and learning that actively includes working as a group to address issues and challenges in interdisciplinary ways, using this as a vehicle for deeper learning and understanding.
    • opportunities to network locally, nationally and internationally

    While you will graduate with a unique range of attributes, fundamentally, this programme aims to create a community of scholars who display ‘doctoral characteristics’ – that is, the qualities and skills associated with doctoral graduates. It is also about preparing you for working in a post-digital world, where 21st century qualities, such as being value-based, reflective and transdisciplinary, are an expectation of professionals.

    Questions? Need help?

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    Visit the Art and Design (Professional Doctorate) DProf page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    Upper second class Honours degree or Masters degree or equivalent, plus 5 years professional practice experience

    You will be asked to submit a written piece of work relating to the proposed broad topic they wish to focus on during their professional doctorate studies. This written piece of work will form the basis of the subsequent interview.

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